Best Tool Vests

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 1, 2019
Tool vests will let you carry your gear with you wherever you go without causing any hand/back fatigue. The best tool vests have enough pockets and pouches for every tool, instrument, and accessory in your arsenal. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

 Incorporating a wide shoulder, open-back design, the model works wonders promoting airflow and keeping you nice and dry hour after hour. The drill holder, hammer loop, and other parts that are the most susceptible to wear and tear are reinforced here to make the vest as durable as possible. 

CONS

The model doesn't feature reflective stripes. 

OUR VERDICT

Occidental Leather 2575 Oxy Pro Work Vest is the best tool test on the list. It will prove perfect for construction workers and different contractors. The vest will allow you to carry just about every single tool and instrument, making them accessible too.

detailed parameters
Size

One size fits most (adjustable)

Material

Polyester, leather

Compartments

28 pockets and tool holders

Extras

Open-back design for better airflow, loop for hang storage

Weight

2.6 lbs

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

There's a nice little pocket (hydration pouch) on the back that will be able to fit just about any 2-liter bottle. The eyelets located along the vest's bottom will let you attach different accessories to further customize the model to your specific tasks. The vest comes fitted with a free-floating back support belt, providing additional safety while lifting heavy objects. 

CONS

The vest is relatively heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

Vest Tech XL High Visibility Tool Vest is the best model on the list for construction workers and an excellent vest for electricians, surveyors, and other similar occupations. The bright orange color and reflective stripes will make you visible at night from a solid distance.

detailed parameters
Size

One size fits most (adjustable)

Material

Nylon

Compartments

Multiple pockets and tool holders, pocket for hydration pouch

Extras

Designed for construction harnesses to be worn underneath the vest, reflective stripes, loop for hang storage

Weight

~4 lbs

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The removable tool pouch will prove especially suitable for nails, screws, bits, and other similar accessories. You can always easily separate the pouch from the vest. The tape measure holder slot is practical and very much accessible. The breathable mesh back that will be able to keep you ventilated at work.

CONS

The hammer sleeve is a little too small. 

OUR VERDICT

Holmes 10-3530-MHBLK is the best bang for your buck here. The model is especially light. It will prove equally comfortable and convenient during every season. It will be able to fit just about any customer. The reflective materials on the shoulders are particularly effective.

detailed parameters
Size

One size fits most (adjustable)

Material

Polyester

Compartments

Multiple pockets and tool holders, removable tool pouch

Extras

Reflective stripes, loop for hang storage, mesh back 

Weight

1 lb

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The material's properties provide additional reinforcement for sharp tools and nails. The double-stitched edges make it possible for the vest to hold up to 40 pounds without tearing up. The two bottom pockets allow for additional versatility. You can attach them to the vest or loose these pockets up for different working positions. 

CONS

The zipper gets stuck sometimes. 

OUR VERDICT

When looking for a tool vest that will help you get the job done, the model from Duratool should fit you to a tee. Able to deliver quality performance at a reasonable price, the vest doesn't have that much competition in the same price range.

detailed parameters
Size

One size fits most (adjustable)

Material

Polyester

Compartments

Multiple pockets and tool holders

Extras

Reflective stripes, loop for hang storage, mesh back

Weight

1.25 lbs

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The tool pockets do not stretch over time, so they will remain just as suitable for wrenches, spanners, screwdrivers, and other similar tools after many years. The storage compartments, on the other hand, are perfect for various personal belongings, including but not limited to your cell phone, walkie-talkie, wallet, etc.

CONS

The yellow inserts are easily soiled. 

OUR VERDICT

Stanley FMST530201 will be able to fit small-time/professional mechanics, aspiring handymen, carpenters, and many other different technicians. Comfortable and durable, the tool vest will let you carry your gear with you wherever you go.

detailed parameters
Size

One size fits most (adjustable)

Material

Polyester

Compartments

Multiple pockets and tool holders

Extras

Reflective stripes, loop for hang storage, mesh back

Weight

2.1 lbs

Warranty

Limited lifetime

Occidental Leather 2575

Leather Tool Vest with a Pocket for Every Instrument

Occidental Leather 2575 Oxy Pro Work Vest is better than your average tool vest in just about every way. First and foremost, the model is very much ambidextrous. You'll be able to carry different equipment pieces, tools, and instruments with equal weight distribution.

With this vest, the temperature will not be making any difference. Incorporating a wide shoulder, open-back design, the model works wonders promoting airflow and keeping you nice and dry hour after hour.

There are 28 pockets and tool holders here. You'll be able to compartmentalize for days. The intuitive pockets are perfect for speed squares, gloves, tape measures, pencils, small notebooks, torpedo levels, the list goes on.

The drill holder, hammer loop, and other parts that are the most susceptible to wear and tear are reinforced here to make the vest as durable as possible. Plus, these holders are fixed to the vest using robust rivets, meaning they should be able to last for years to come.

As far as we're concerned, the only real issue with the model that might concern some customers is that it doesn't incorporate reflective stripes.

Apart from that, Occidental Leather 2575 Oxy Pro Work Vest is pretty much miles ahead of its competition. It will prove perfect for construction workers and different contractors. The vest will allow you to carry just about every single tool and instrument, making them accessible too.

Review of Occidental Leather 2575 Oxy Pro Work Vest

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Vest Tech XL

Going the Extra Mile

Vest Tech XL High Visibility Tool Vest is probably the best vest on the list for electricians, surveyors, and construction workers in general. It was built for commercial construction use and you can see it in just about every little detail.

The 1280D nylon is as strong and durable as they come. It will be able to take anything you throw at it. The model does an excellent job evenly distributing tool weight on the upper torso. It's been specifically designed for construction harnesses to be worn underneath the vest.

There's a nice little pocket (hydration pouch) on the back that will be able to fit just about any 2-liter bottle. The eyelets located along the vest's bottom will let you attach different accessories to further customize the model to your specific tasks. The vest comes fitted with a free-floating back support belt, providing additional safety while lifting heavy objects.

With so many additional details included here, the biggest downside comes as no surprise. The model weighs around 4 pounds, making it relatively heavy compared to your average vest like that.

But even taking that into account, Vest Tech XL High Visibility Tool Vest is still the best model on the list for construction workers and an excellent vest for electricians, surveyors, and other similar occupations. The bright orange color and reflective stripes will make you visible at night from a solid distance.

Review of Vest Tech XL High Visibility Tool Vest

 

Holmes 10-3530-MHBLK

Excellent Value for Money

Holmes 10-3530-MHBLK offers practically ridiculous value for your money. The vest barely costs anything and there isn't much that separates this model from its overpriced competition.

As far as we can tell, the only weak link here is the hammer sleeve that is a little too small for our taste. Other than that, we've no real complaints.

The model features multiple pockets and tool holders, not to mention the handy removable tool pouch. The pouch will prove especially suitable for nails, screws, bits, and other similar accessories. There's a hammer loop, a particularly practical tape measure holder slot, and just about every pouch/compartment in the book to make the vest able to provide easy organization and convenient access to different tools.

The 100% polyester material here is nothing to write home about but nothing to complain about too. Equipped with adjustable shoulder straps and side straps, the model will be able to fit more or less everyone.

What we really like is the comfortable but, at the same time, breathable mesh back that will be able to keep you ventilated at work.

All things considered, Holmes 10-3530-MHBLK is the best bang for your buck here. The model is especially light. It will prove equally comfortable and convenient during every season. It will be able to fit just about any customer. The reflective materials on the shoulders are particularly effective, making the model the best tool vest for construction workers.

Review of Holmes 10-3530-MHBLK Workwear Tool Vest

 

Duratool Tool Vest

Lightweight but Rugged

Duratool Tool Vest is another affordable vest with an excellent price-quality ratio. The model features 16 pockets and ample room for you to organize and carry around your tools and personal items.

It is very much lightweight (1.25 pounds) but, at the same time, surprisingly rugged. The polyester material here is particularly resistant to wear and tear. The material's properties provide additional reinforcement for sharp tools and nails. The double-stitched edges make it possible for the vest to hold up to 40 pounds without tearing up.

The air mesh design lets the vest breathe, allowing airflow for excellent on-site comfort. The adjustable shoulder straps and side straps that the model comes equipped with allow for a nice customized fit.

The reflective stripes on the front and back make the vest highly visible at night. The two bottom pockets allow for additional versatility. You can attach them to the vest or loose these pockets up for different working positions.

On the less bright side, the zipper could use some improvement. It does its job but gets stuck from time to time.

All in all, when looking for a vest that will help you get the job done, the model from Duratool will likely prove the best tool vest for your needs. Able to deliver quality performance at a reasonable price, the vest doesn't have that much competition in the same price range.

Review of Duratool Tool Vest Durable Lightweight with Multiple Pockets for Carpenters Electrician Construction for Men and Women Small to XL

 

Stanley FMST530201

Carry Your Gear With You

Stanley FMST530201 pretty much does it all. As far as we're concerned, the only problem with this tool jacket is that its price-performance ratio is less impressive than every other models' on the list. At the same time, compared to your average tool vest, there isn't much to complain about here. The yellow inserts are easily soiled but that's probably the only issue we have with the product.

The multiple tool compartments allow for easy storage and convenient access to different tools. These tool pockets do not stretch over time, so they will remain just as suitable for wrenches, spanners, screwdrivers, and other similar tools after many years.

The storage compartments, on the other hand, are perfect for various personal belongings, including but not limited to your cell phone, walkie-talkie, wallet, etc.

The ample mesh inserts allow for air movement to keep you nice and dry throughout the day.

The model's adjustable shoulder straps make the vest more or less suitable for any size from Small to Extra Large.

As it is usually the case, the model comes fitted with reflective stripes for nighttime visibility and a nice little hang loop for additional storage options.

To put it a little differently, Stanley FMST530201 is the best tool vest on the list for small-time/professional mechanics, aspiring handymen, woodworkers, and many other different technicians. Comfortable and durable, the tool vest will let you carry your gear with you wherever you go.

Review of Stanley FMST530201 Fatmax Tool Vest

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What Is a Tool Vest?

You can't really replace your good ol' trusty tool box and/or tool belt. Right? Well, not really. These things are good in their own right but, at the same time, they have their flaws too. With tool boxes especially, as you would imagine, the biggest flaw is practicality, comfort, and overall convenience. Carrying a huge box with you can be draining.

A tool vest, on the other hand, can be much more comfortable and practical. You will be able to carry your tools and instruments with you wherever you go but keep your hands free at the same time. Generally speaking, these vests come equipped with enough pockets, pouches, and compartments to let you organize your tools and keep them especially accessible.

They're particularly good for electricians and surveyors. At the same time, construction workers, different contractors, professional mechanics as well as small-time handymen will all be able to benefit from a vest like that. It should be able to solve all your storage needs without putting any strain onto your hands.

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Publish Date: 2019-07-01 14:50:55